Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Fund

Funding for programmes or projects delivering play, active recreation, and sport experiences for tamariki (aged 5-11), rangatahi (aged 12-18) and young women (aged 19 – 24).

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa is now closed!

Applications are now being reviewed. 

  • Organisations can apply for up to $10,000 with a maximum of two ‘live’ applications

  • IMPORTANT: Programmes Are required to commence no earlier than Friday 17 May 2024

Get in touch with our Tū Manawa Team for more information 


Organisations that are located in North Taranaki and New Plymouth contact Terry to apply terry.long@sporttaranaki.org.nz

Organisations that are located in Central contact Maree to apply maree.judd@sporttaranaki.org.nz

for South Taranaki or Kaupapa Māori applications contact Nadia to apply Nadia.Phillips@sporttaranaki.org.nz​​​​​​​

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa provides funding for programmes or projects delivering play, active recreation, and sport experiences for tamariki (aged 5-11) rangatahi (aged 12-18), and young women (aged 19 – 24). These may be new or already operating. The funding is focused on groups that are less active. 

These groups include:

  • Children and young people in higher deprivation communities

  • Girls and young women (aged 19 – 24)

  • Disabled children and young people (aged 5 – 18 years)

  • Children and young people in rurally isolated communities

Simple questions to ask

  • Will the funding you are requesting get young people active?

  • How do you know there is a need? (What evidence do you have? Who have you spoken to? What barriers to participation are you removing?)

  • Are you targeting young people who are missing out?

For schools or kura applications

Schools/kura are eligible to apply for Tū Manawa funding. We want to ensure Tū Manawa funding does not replace curriculum delivery, or cause confusion about the roles and responsibilities of teachers/kaiako and external providers. For that reason, when planned activities involve external providers other than school personnel and occur during class time, there is an additional step in the application process.

This involves a discussion between the school/kura and the external provider about the planned activity. The In-school/kura setting form has been created to guide this discussion.

Browse the support document for kura and schools here

Please be clear on what all parties are trying to achieve, and consider how the project supports building relationships, making use of local and community resources and connections and ultimately ensuring better outcomes for students and their learning.

You do not need to complete this form for projects that occur within a school/kura either before or after school, during lunchtime and breaks, or for applications that only involve school personnel.

Please click the button below to complete this form and upload it to your application when applying.


Maree Judd

 Central Taranaki Applications


​​​​​​​Phone: 027 856 1792


Terry Long

North Taranaki and New Plymouth Applications


Phone: 027 705 6963​​​​​​​

Nadia Phillips

South Taranaki and Kaupapa Māori Applications  


Phone: 027 285 2900

If you want to apply but do not have legal status you can consider partnering with a qualifying (legal) entity.

Before you start your online application you will need:

  • ​​​​​​​Incorporated Society Number or NZ Business Number (if relevant)
  •  GST number (if relevant)
  •  Relevant policies eg Child Protection, Health & Safety
  • Budget that includes all costs and identifies what the funding will be used for. The budget needs to include any other income for this project.

Sport Applications: Balance is Better

If your application is for ‘sport’ you will need to consider ‘ Balance is Better’. Balance is Better offers fresh thinking to deliver youth sport in New Zealand and is about creating quality experiences for all young people to keep them active and in the game.

More information on Balance is Better is here​​​​​​​